Bill Gates' New Patent Would Keep Glassholes From Spying on Your Screens

Google's big Glass free-for-all has come and gone, but whether or not anyone actually bought the damn thing, cameras are popping up all over the place, and people are starting to get (perhaps rightfully) paranoid. Fortunately there could be tech in the future to save your screens from prying camera eyes. And Bill Gates … » 4/16/14 3:30pm Wednesday 3:30pm

This Frozen Grinder Ensures You've Got Fresh Herbs All Year Round

Unless you live in a place where snow and winter never show their ugly faces, a year-round garden is out of the question. But if your green thumb results in a surplus of herbs during the summer, you can always freeze them in this handy grinder that keeps them fresh and easy to serve during those frozen snowbound… » 4/15/14 4:20pm Tuesday 4:20pm

A Simple Silicone Sleeve Turns Your iPhone Into a Game Boy

The touchscreen generation might not know any better, but those of us who grew up with Game Boys know that physical control pads and buttons will always trump on-screen alternatives. Entire this slide-on silicone sleeve, called the G-PAD, that turns your smartphone into an even better handheld gaming machine. » 4/14/14 3:40pm Monday 3:40pm

Pocket-Sized Wonder-Printer Would Work Its Own Way Across a Page

With what has to be one of the most ambitious Kickstarter projects to come along in a while, the folks behind this Mini Mobile Robotic Printer want to revolutionize the mobile office. Because of instead of carrying a page-wide device that has to pull paper through it, this little marvel will instead print directly on a … » 4/10/14 9:27am 4/10/14 9:27am

Skip the Nail Holes In Your Wall With This Sticker Clock

Not keen on the idea of creating a nail hole in your drywall just so you can hang a wall clock? Designer Jamie Wolfund's found a better way—kind of—as long as you don't mind repainting when it's time to take it down. Instead of nails or screws, the Sticker Clock uses two nine-inch pieces of adhesive vinyl tape to hold… » 4/09/14 5:20pm 4/09/14 5:20pm

MIDI Software That Turns Your Voice Into Instruments If You Can't Play

MIDI—the Musical Instrument Digital Interface—lets anyone with just an electronic keyboard, or other simple interface device, recreate an entire orchestra's worth of sounds. But what if you can't even play a keyboard? That's where a new piece of software called imitone can save the day, turning your voice (or other… » 4/03/14 2:20pm 4/03/14 2:20pm

Solar-Powered Umbrella Automatically Inflates When the Sun Shines

A passing cloud can make the sun's rays a little more bearable on a hot summer afternoon. Which is presumably what inspired the Netherlands' Studio Toer to create this cloud-shaped parasol that automatically inflates whenever the sun is shining, providing some much-needed shade without you having to get off your comfy… » 3/31/14 12:00pm 3/31/14 12:00pm

A Build-It-Yourself Modular Jetski That Fits in Your Car's Trunk

As fun as a jetski be when you get on the water, they can also be a bit of a pain to haul around if you don't pay for a permanent dock. So a bunch of designers in Wisconsin created the BomBoard, a lightweight and highly portable personal watercraft that can be easily disassembled and tossed in the trunk of a compact… » 3/27/14 1:20pm 3/27/14 1:20pm

24 Hour Surveillance Is Just Fine When the Cameras Are This Adorable

With revelations that the NSA pretty much has complete access to our online lives, there's been a recent spike in public concern over surveillance. However, in the real world it's hard to be upset about security cameras always staring down at you when they look like adorable woodland and jungle creatures. Awwww, there… » 3/26/14 10:40am 3/26/14 10:40am

This Is the Power Glove Oven Mitt You Want To Buy

About a year ago we brought news of a Power Glove themed oven mitt that had anyone who grew up playing the NES excited to do some baking. But that version was made of heatproof fabric and while it looked convincing enough, it can't hold a candle—or a hot tray of cookies—to this amazingly detailed silicone Power Glove… » 3/25/14 4:20pm 3/25/14 4:20pm

A Connected Scale That Adjusts Your Recipe If You're Low on Ingredients

Is there anything worse than raiding your kitchen for a recipe only to discover you don't quite have enough of one of the required ingredients? Going to the store is one solution, but for those of us too lazy to go that route, the iPad-connected Drop kitchen scale will actually adjust a recipe based on the ingredients… » 3/19/14 4:00pm 3/19/14 4:00pm

A Soft Squeezable Flashlight That's Safe To Keep In Bed

For those who need to make frequent trips to the bathroom every night, designer Jung Soo Park has created the Molli flashlight, which is only as bright as you need it to be. It's also the first flashlight that feels like a stuffed animal, so you can actually sleep with it beside you so it's always easy to find. » 3/18/14 12:20pm 3/18/14 12:20pm

It Turns Out Cyclists Only Really Need Half a Bike To Get To Work

According to the folks at Kolelinia, cyclists are spending twice as much money as they need to on a bike. The company has just designed a more compact alternative called the Halfbike that looks like someone stripped away all the comfy bits from a real bike, leaving us with the cyclists' equivalent of a standing desk. » 3/14/14 2:00pm 3/14/14 2:00pm

Someday You Could Save Your Files With Nothing But a Sticky Note

Today's slim, svelte computers look great. You, on the other hand, look like a total yutz fumbling around to plug a thumb drive into a USB port that's somehow perpetually upside down. What if saving your data was as easy as slapping a sticky note on your screen? That's what a design team proposes with this highly… » 3/11/14 7:00pm 3/11/14 7:00pm